Blog : June 2014

Redhook Brewery and WXGR Present Hookfest 2014

By Clay | Jun 9, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Community get 25% off Hookfest tickets with promo code 'Green'! (exp. 8/1) 

Redhook Brewery and WXGR’s 18th annual Hookfest 2014 is right around the corner! The all-day outdoor music and beer festival takes place on August 16 and promises a day of great music, delicious beer & food and plenty of good times. Just last week, redhook and WXGR announced the full musical lineup, featuring a fantastic lineup of national touring artists and local bands.

Brooklyn's finest seven-piece old school funk band Lettuce will headline the festival. Lettuce has toured venues and festivals the country for the past year, from The Fillmore in California to Terminal 5 in New York City. Lettuce celebrated their 20th anniversary this year by releasing their third studio album, Fly.

Along with Lettuce, the lineup also includes Bim Skala Bim, a ska rock band from Boston, MA, ska musician and producer King Hammond, soul band The Nth Power, Massachusetts-based Americana roots reggae band Michael Bernier & Freevolt, and The Spittin' Vinnies, performing originals and a wide span of covers.

Sound good? It is. Head to Hookfest's website, where you can look at a number of different ticket options, ranging from general admission tickets to swanky VIP packages, including hotel and transportation. Psst, here's a hint though: get 25% off your ticket purchase when you use the promo code 'GREEN.' 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Cornerstone Tree Care

By Kyle | Jun 9, 2014 | in

Who: Cornerstone Tree Care

What: Owner Micum Davis says he likes to channel the Lorax, Dr. Seuss' environmentally friendly character, when he says he speaks for the trees. In many ways, Davis does provide the trees a voice, working within the natural environment on job sites to ensure that pruning is not just for the sake of the customer, but also for the health of the trees. Cornerstone looks to employ the least invasive approach, including not wearing boot spikes when climbing (which can damage tree bark and eventually kill a tree), using non-toxic, biodegradable lubricants for equipment and offering an organic blend of mulch made from recycled tree waste. Cornerstone recognizes that traveling from job to job can have harmful effects on the environment and thus limits work to a 20-mile radius of the Seacoast.

Where: P.O. Box 4505, Portsmouth


What makes them green:
• Educates about the many benefits of trees to both people and ecosystems.
• Advocates for tree preservation over removal.
• Uses 2-cycle gasoline oil mix created from waste tallow which reduces toxic airborne pollutants by 48 percent.
• Compost processes and recycles tree waste into lumber, firewood or mulch.
• No-idling policy for all trucks and equipment.
• Biodegradable chain lubricants and hydraulic fluids.
• Never wear spikes when pruning trees to avoid tree injury.
• All diesel equipment runs on biodiesel.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Cornerstone Tree Care's full certification documents and learn more about its sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 other local green businesses at


Party Cruise on NHPTV

By Sam | Jun 6, 2014 | in

Keep an eye out for our promo on NHPTV for our cruise! More details here.


Congrats to Great Bay Stewards on their GA Membership Renewal!

By Magill | Jun 6, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance is happy to announce that Great Bay Stewards is renewing their membership for the third year! Great Bay Stewards is a non-profit environmental group that is constantly busy caring for the New Hampshire seacoast. From converting the former Pease Airforce Base into a National Wildlife Refuge to educating children at the discovery center, the organization is a strong supporter of the environment. Great Bay Stewards began saving our seacoast 40 years ago by stopping the development of an oil refinery.Today, they continue to push for the seacoast's wellbeing by renewing their membership with the Green Alliance!  

With education programs, research, and conservation projects this environmental organization attacks seacoast issues from all angles. They have shown a deep commitment to all the environmental problems that arise along Great Bay and help get the community involved in environmental activism.  

Get it Going

By Ali | Jun 6, 2014 | in

Get it Going is thrilled to reveal their new website! Check out their GiG shop, that’s filled with race t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, V-Neck style T-shirts, and more for any occasion! You can even purchase in bulk and customize the shirts for your own company or event. Proudly wear the apparel and show off what gets you going.

The following upcoming races will be officially sponsored by Get it Going apparel: Celebrate Pink 5K, SASS’ 5K to Keep Kids Safe, Great Bay 5K. Each race t-shirt is made in the USA and has environmental as well as economic benefits. Register for a race and receive an American made GiG race tee and show your support for local non-profits!

GiG is also supporting local beach cleanups. Their upcoming cleanup at Pirates Cove in Rye, NH is June 8 at 9:30 a.m. So put on a GiG t-shirt and help keep your local beaches clean and pollution free.

Blue Ocean Society Invites You to Celebrate World Oceans Day

By Magill | Jun 5, 2014 | in

By Magill Smith

Green Alliance Writer 

HAMPTON BEACH- In celebration of our beautiful home along the seacoast, Blue Ocean Society is launching their first formal event for World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day began in 2002 and is a growing event that honors the marine environment. To celebrate this event, Blue Ocean Society has a weekend filled with beach clean ups and an award ceremony recognizing groups and individuals who have made efforts to protect the ocean.  

As a advocate for the environment and a Green Alliance Business Partner, Blue Ocean Society works to protect our seacoast waters through research and public action. The Green Alliance is an organization that connects green-minded consumers with businesses that work to lessen their impact on the environment. One of the ways in which Blue Ocean Society involves the public in their efforts, is through organized beach clean ups. To recognize World Oceans Day, the society is hosting the Aquarion Water Company Environmental Champion Awards followed by a clean up of Hampton Beach on June 7.

For the People by the People: Community Toolbox Aids Their Community

By Craig | Jun 5, 2014 | in

People helping people. That's what Community Toolbox, a newly minted 501c3 nonprofit in Portsmouth, N.H., does best. As a nonprofit business, Community Toolbox operates on three platforms that give back to the community and the environment. From the organization's Fix-It program, to its Outlet Store, to its DeConstruction program, Community Toolbox has made itself into a force for good in the Seacoast. So why does Community Toolbox work so hard? Simple: they saw a community in need.

Cheryl Van Allen, Executive Director of Community Toolbox, of her experience with Board President Tom Boisvert. "When we were with Habitat for Humanity, we got phone calls regularly from people who would ask us to come and help them fix things in their homes," she said. "While they may have owned their own homes, they could not afford to do the repairs to keep them safe and healthy."

Based on this experience, Boisvert and Van Allen knew firsthand just how important developing a nonprofit like Community Toolbox would be to the community.

Melanie Sachs, Get it Going's Latest GiGStar

By Magill | Jun 5, 2014 | in

Get it Going is recognizing Melanie Sachs, child advocate and SASS 5K participant as their latest GiGStar!  Mel had a life changing interview at a young age that inspired her to make the best of a bad situation and “Get it Going” by becoming deeply involved in child advocacy and charity work.  After being sexual abused, Mel was interviewed by a woman named Kristie P. who helped her through the traumatizing experience and taught her that the abuse did not define her.  This meeting changed Mel’s life and sparked a desire to help other victims so they too could overcome their nightmares.  Mel is a recent graduate from Keene State and her work at the Child Advocacy Center has led her to become a certified member of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program.  She is currently supporting survivors at A Safe Place, in Salem NH. 

Recently, her dedication to community involvement has pushed her to run her first ever 5K!  Prior to training Mel had never run a full mile without stopping but for abuse survivors she was willing to literally go the extra mile.  On June 8th she will be running the SASS’ 5K to Keep Kids Safe.  One of Mel’s closest friends who has been training with her for the 5K says, “She does so much for so many different causes.  Mel motivated me to sign up for the SASS 5K, and now I’ve discovered that I love running.  She is such a positive and uplifting person.”  Get it Going is inspired by Mel’s story of hope and her positive impact on the community and they hope her advocacy work will encourage others to get involved.  

Don't Miss the Boat!

By Craig | Jun 5, 2014 | in

Come sail with us on the Green Alliance Summer Party Cruise!

On July 10, Isles of Shoals Steamship Co., the Green Alliance and NHPTV are teaming up to bring you a fun night of food, drinks and live music aboard the M.V. Thomas Laighton as it sails the Piscataqua River.

By purchasing your $25 ticket in advance online, you will also receive a Green Alliance Membership (tickets can be purchased day of, on-site for $35 that also include membership) good for one year. The Green Alliance Membership offers discounts with our various Business Partners - for example, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. discount allows Green Alliance members to buy one adult ticket and get a free ticket for one child, or buy one "Party Ship" ticket and get the second one free. Also, members save 15% on private charter bookings. These discounts do not apply to the July 10 event.

Already a Green Alliance Business Partner or individual member? Then you're all set. Make sure to have your Green Alliance Green Card with you when you arrive on July 10. All members and Business Partners must RSVP with Katie Seraikas at There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and live music provided by Humble Be. 

Take Action: New England's Ocean Habitats at Risk

By Kelly | Jun 5, 2014 | in

Marine animals are constantly affected by human activities such as pollution, and commercial fishing. It is important for these animals to have a safe and healthy habitat. This is where the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is tasked with regulating ocean fishing and protecting the nation's ocean resources.

For many decades, New England waters have been closed to various types of fishing gear. These restrictions were set in place to encourage the return of healthy populations of ground fish. However, the region does not have a plan for habitat management, which is required by federal law.

Various action plans for habitat management will be presented to the public later this year. These include a reduction in the size of the area currently protected. This is geared toward short-term interests of the commercial fishing industry over the long-term needs of the ecosystem. Recent work done by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute found "older cod-critical to the reproductive success of the species-are far more abundant inside protected areas, making these places crucial to the recovery of depleted cod populations."

MetalWave Inc. Combats Electronic Waste

By Magill | Jun 5, 2014 | in

Due to our undeniable dependence on electronics and the pressure to always buy the newest models, electronic waste is becoming one of the most serious environmental issues of our time. When electronic waste, more commonly known as e-waste, is not properly disposed of the waste breaks down releasing harmful chemicals and toxins into the atmosphere, water, and soil. The issue of improperly disposed e-waste is difficult to combat due to the global market for electronic components. Most e-waste is shipped to third world countries as a way for corporations to avoid paying for the disposal. In addition those countries encourage this illegal action as the breakdown of e-waste provides jobs for low-income families.  

Celebrate World Oceans Day

By Clay | Jun 5, 2014 | in

World Oceans Days is June 8 and to do their part, Blue Ocean Society is hosting a day of events on June 7 to celebrate the oceans and all that they provide. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will kick off with the environmental champions award ceremony. The award ceremony will be presented by Senator Nancy Stiles and will be held at the Sea Shell Complex.

When the awards wrap up, the event will move over to and continue on Hampton Beach! Blue Ocean Society will be hosting a beach clean up until 12:00 p.m. to help remove any trash that can be harmful to the ocean. All necessary supplies will be provided to families and volunteers. After the beach clean up everyone is welcomed to stop by the Blue Ocean Discovery Center to observe and learn about the local New Hampshire marine life!

On the following day, June 8, Seacoast Science Center will also be hosting an World Oceans Day celebration! Families are encouraged to come participate in educational events that will help teach about the importance of the ocean’s health and the important role that it has in our everyday lives. Participants will have the opportunity for a hands on experience with a moon snail, a skate or a chain cat shark!

Jenaly IT Item of the Month

By Kelly | Jun 4, 2014 | in

Jenaly Technology Group, Inc. helps businesses reach their goals by saving time and money through efficient environmental practices. Jenaly creates green IT services, such as providing remote assistance to customers. They also eliminate waste through digital online backup, and near zero packaging.

Jenaly's Green IT Item of the Month is the Belkin Conserve power strip. “We all know that tech gadgets draw power, even when they are off. That’s why we love the Belkin Conserve power strip. This innovative device has a remote control that shuts down all but two of the outlets, making it super easy to turn off your computer and save power by not allowing any of the devices connected to it to draw trickles of energy while they’re off.”

“This kind of drain really adds up over time, over the course of a week or a year,” Senior Product Manager Gid Herman says.

Get it Going Introduces New and Inspiring Way to do Business, Starting with the Tee on your Back

By Kyle | Jun 4, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Correspondent

NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. — A company founded by two local entrepreneurs conducts its business by conscientiously leading and helping others to embrace their better selves, a synergy that has the potential to help more than just the company and those involved.

“Get it Going is a way of life. We are a company inspiring people to take action. We believe everyone has a ‘GiG’ something they are passionate about doing. Our message is simple, go for it, Get it Going,” says co-owner, Jill Spring of Get it Going, a lifestyle and apparel company. “Our GiG is this company. And we’re having a great time getting it going.”

“In addition to spreading the vibe of Get it Going,” adds co-owner Natasha Goyette, “we encourage conscious consumerism with products made here in the U.S.”

Community Toolbox Grand Opening!

By Katie | Jun 4, 2014 | in

Community Toolbox has reason to celebrate! Aside from the great work they have done for the community (entirely as volunteers), their 501(c)3 status has been approved, officially making them a non-profit organization!

Community Toolbox operates on three platforms that give back to the community and the environment. From the organization's Fix-It program, to its Outlet Store, to its DeConstruction program, Community Toolbox has made itself into a force for good in the Seacoast. All profits made from the Outlet Store are used to run the Fix-It program, which involves Community Toolbox volunteers completing maintenance projects in homes of those in need.

To celebrate their non-profit status they are throwing a Grand Opening Party in their store. What more? They’re also bumping up their discount to 20% off all purchases on June 12th for all Green Alliance members! 20% off of deeply discounted prices on all home supplies means your restoration projects you’ve been putting off can now come to fruition, for a great price. The best part of it all is that your purchase allows Community Toolbox to also complete a restoration project, but for someone in need who is financially unable to do the project themselves. It’s a win-win!

So join us in celebrating this great non-profit organization! RSVP by calling 603-294-0479 or emailing